Risperdal is a prescription medication approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability associate with autism. In addition, doctors often prescribe the drug for adults, adolescents and children for ADHD, anxiety, and depression. The FDA approved risperidone in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia. In 2003, the FDA approved the drug for the treatment of bipolar disorder, and in 2006 approved risperidone for the treatment of irritability in autistic children and adolescents. In 2012 Johnson & Johnson paid over $180 million to settle claims that it had promoted Risperdal for “off-label” uses, meaning uses for unapproved indications. While this is generally legal, in the case of Risperdal, courts have found that drug was not safe, and put patients in danger.
Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiaryJanssen Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk posed to boys and young men related to taking Risperdal.Risperdal was found to cause a tragic and embarrassing condition called gynecomastia, a swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men caused by an imbalance of the hormones
The Drug Companies Knew
Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson knew Risperdal was less safe than other antipsychotics but continued to promote the drug. The company also failed to disclose that patients taking Risperdal were at a much higher risk for gynecomastia than patients taking other medications. In 2012 a 21 year-old male filed the first Risperdal related gynecomastia lawsuit against Janssen and Johnson & Johnson. Since then hundreds of additional lawsuits have been filed by patients who have suffered similar trauma after taking the drug.Should I File a Lawsuit?
Young males have been traumatized as a result of taking Risperdal and developing gynecomastia. Many young men required costly surgery and risked complications and scarring. The mental health issues were also devastating, including embarrassment, anxiety, and depression. Litigation has achieved significant jury awards and settlements for young men. To date, Johnson & Johnson has paid out over $2 billion as a result of misleading marketing associated with Risperdal and other related drugs.
Statutes of Limitations
If you or a loved one has experienced gynecomastia as a result of taking Risperdal, one of our attorneys would like to speak with you. It is important to contact an attorney within two years of your injury as some states follow a two year rule on product liability cases.